Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) made it back to back victories at Fleche Wallone after a powering away from his rivals in the last 100m of the finish on the Mur de Huy.

Valverde took the victory despite crashes, nervousness and plenty of attacks dominated the scene in the first of two big spring races in the eastern Belgian hills. The telephone squad's leader outsprinted Julien Alaphilippe (EQS) and Michael Albasini (OGE) after a tactically perfect finish, always on front, with no danger and a powerful final sprint which crowned an excellent race from all his team-mates.

Imanol Erviti, Rory Sutherland -crashed with no injuries in the finale- and José Herrada were early to join Katusha at the crash of the day's break, which was ultimately reached by Giovanni Visconti as the Italian searched for a move into the second of three climbs of the Mur de Huy. Visconti, joined by Luis León Sánchez (AST), kept the front until the slopes of the new Côte de Cherave, 6km from the finish, with several attacks and huge pace splitting the field and leaving about 30 riders with a chance into the last ascent of the 'Mur'. A sensational Visconti, together with José Joaquín Rojas, controlled a dangerous attack by Tim Wellens (LTS) and left 'Bala' into perfect position leading up to the climb, where he found no rivals for his fifth victory of the season -16th for the Movistar Team, in the Blues' first start to a season in a decade-